The Dumbest Smartphone?! – Durability Test!

sometimes calling a phone dumb can be a compliment especially if that's the kind of phone you are looking for this little guy i have on my desk today is called the light phone 2. and like usual we're going to find out if the light phone is a lightweight supposedly this is one of those simple minimalist phones that only do a few things so you can reduce the amount of time spent staring at a screen which of course is a healthy desire but the unhealthy part of all of this is that the light phones still cost 300 and i don't know about you but if i'm spending 300 on something it better do some things like more than one the phone itself is very small thin and well light let's get started you might have noticed by now that the light phone screen is a bit different instead of an amoled or lcd this guy is an e-ink display like an e-reader or a kindle meaning it has two colors black and white and a refresh rate of whenever i feel like it which is usually after a button press or something right off the bat i can tell the vibrator is pretty loosey-goosey see if you can hear it it's like a couple of rocks in a tin can it does have a full-blown cordy keyboard for sending text messages but no email or spell check it's got an alarm capability and even a few ringtones to choose from and that's about it no cameras no internet and probably no way of surviving what's coming but let's keep going the light phone 2 has that electronic paper e-ink screen that's just shy of 3 inches at first glance in first touch i thought the screen might be made of plastic which usually scratches at a level 2 or 3.

But it turns out that it's using a frosted roughed up glass layer that's acting like sandpaper to my most hardness tools you can see the markings at levels three four and five and these aren't scratches though just permanent dust streaks from my picks this means that the screen is still pretty resilient from actual physical damage but if left alone with your keys or coins it's going to get superficially scuffed up in a way that's difficult to clean there is no front-facing camera on the light phone too nor can it receive picture messages it's got the front proximity sensors and an earpiece grille below the glass and screen layer that won't be falling out on its own the sides of the phone are made from plastic [Music] along with the volume buttons that are placed on either side of the menu button you can see the screen flash white every now and then this is how the e-ink screen refreshes itself but i'll explain more about that in a second the top of the phone has a headphone jack and power button and there's a whopping total of one gigabyte of onboard storage for music we do have an unlocked sim card tray but no additional expandable memory one gig is all you get then down here at the bottom we have the blast from the past micro usb port which most smartphones started phasing out about three years ago and the back of the phone still has no camera and appears to be made from plastic the light logo on the back is a built-in part of the panel and won't be falling out on its own fun fact there's actually been a light bulb burning in livermore california almost non-stop for the past 117 years it's called the centennial light most of the wear and tear on light bulbs comes from turning them off and on and not just by leaving them lit led bulbs of course last about 50 times longer than a normal incandescent but still 117 years is very impressive congrats to livermore california speaking of lights let's talk about the screen we've never burned an e-ink display before each pixel only has two colors black and white and can flash back and forth between the two but the screen doesn't use power to maintain what state that pixel is left in like a normal amoled or lcd would it's kind of like an etch-a-sketch once it is that color it stays that color until it's refreshed you can see as i flip through the screens there's also a bright flash of all the pixels switching to their new orientation and sometimes there's a bit of ghosting from what was left on the screen before it but interestingly enough even after 50 seconds of burning the e-ink display appears to have no damage the faint ghosting you see over the entire screen is just one of those quirks of e-ink and doesn't have anything to do with the fire everything surprisingly still works thumbs up for that now realistically with a phone this small it will most likely always be in a front pocket but for kicks and giggles if you were ever to put it in your back pocket things might get a bit dangerous for both the phone and your bum as we can see the phone screen is indeed made of glass with cracks running along the entire surface and now only the bottom strip of the screen below that crack is still working the lifephone 2 does not survive the bin test it is interesting that the portion above the crack is still frozen in its last state before breaking the e-ink never had a chance to refresh or clear itself so it's just permanently in that position now and since we're already this far we might as well just see what else is inside this little guy now initially i thought the whole back housing might just pop off like we've seen on some other cheaper android phones and even though i was successful with my use of brute force this turned out to be the wrong way to open it up then i'll show you why in just a second with the plastic back housing forcibly removed we can see that the screen is glued to a battery and mid-frame sandwich and the correct way to take apart the phone would have been to remove the screen first with heat and gentle prying and then unscrew some screws it's interesting that even now with the e-ink screen completely detached from the phone it's still displaying its final frame even though both screen ribbons are ripped completely off i'll remove the two phillips head screws and unclip the ribbons just like a little lego one is for the display and the other is probably for the digitizer the back of the midframe sandwich has the battery this is gently adhered to the back of the motherboard and is 950 milliamp hours which is about three times the capacity of the apple watch i'll pop off the two black plastic end caps and then if we look closely we can see that there is a phillips head screw in each of the four corners and still attached to these screws is a gold threaded insert normally these inserts are embedded into the plastic frame and give something solid for the screw to grip onto when they're assembling the phone but since i manhandled it out of the housing with force instead of finesse it just wants to spin freely on the screw let's pretend i did all that ripping apart on purpose to show you what the screw inserts look like you know for educational purposes once all the inserts are pulled off the screws i can separate the mid frame from the motherboard it does have some copper sheeting on it which is nice i'm glad to see that the 300 are being put to good use got to keep the phone cool while the alarm clock goes off and the screen refreshes twice a minute this phone's working as hard as the white house during a pandemic good thing help is finally on the way the motherboard has the headphone jack front facing proximity sensors earpiece speaker on the back and the microphone and micro usb port down at the bottom and of course our lucy goosey coin style vibration motor in the plastic bit i mean i think the life phone is kind of a fun idea it can also be its own wi-fi hotspot and is definitely a step above the no phone and i also think that people really are addicted to their smartphones these days and we know that smartphones don't bring happiness so i guess if money isn't an issue and you have 300 bucks to burn you can always snag a light phone even if it'll probably only end up decorating your shelf 20 minutes after you fail your tech detox if you're really serious about wanting to cut back on doomsday scrolling though they still do sell flip phones for super cheap and maybe one of those is a better option either way though let me know what you think down in the comments come hang out with me on instagram and twitter unless of course you have a light phone and thanks a ton for watching i'll see you around

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Light Phone 2 Review | Can This Phone Cure Your Social Media Addiction?

– [Eric] Do you think you have a social media phone problem? – For sure! For sure I am addicted in some
way or another to my phone. (ethereal music) – [Eric] I'm Eric Limer, Tech Editor at Gear Patrol, and I tested the Light Phone 2. It's a tiny little E-ink smartphone that's designed to try to help you break your worst social media habits by literally not supporting
social media at all, ever. And we took it around to
some folks in the office to get their knee jerk first impressions.

I talked to Gear Patrol
co-founder and fellow geek, Ben Bowers, for his thoughts about it, and then I'll let you
know the kind of deep, dark, existential questions, that using a phone like this makes you stare into the
mirror and ask yourself. (ethereal music) – Okay, very devicey. – It's cool. It's kinda cute. – It says, Go Light. – All right, correct me
if I go off track here. It is a phone for people who
don't wanna use their phone, but do wanna use their phone
enough to get a separate phone that does nearly all of
what their phone does, except for one or two
very specific things? – Stripped down, old school, but new school at the same time. Kinda like it! I'm gonna hit the little button here and I've got phone numbers! – No social, no camera, no anything. Can I send text messages with it? – [Eric] Yes it has texts, calls, maps.

– Okay, that's kinda cool. I remember when the original came out, it was so limited that it was– – [Eric] Just phone. – Yeah, it was so pure that it made so little sense
in terms of actual use. I think they're going
in the right direction. – Nice little qwerty keyboard I could probably pen
something out this way. Quick touch, little feedback. Buzzing which is cool and all right, so I'm lookin' at just phone, texts, right? No camera, no social. – I mean they're going in the direction of becoming an actual phone, like smartphone, iPhone. But it's cool. I can't bash the concept that hard. – It's probably a nice way to unplug, but stay plugged. – In initially trying to use it, I'm going to go ahead and say that I do not understand how to use it. – I would be into something like this. I could, as much as I
love checkin' the socials, and postin' stuff, I could be into this maybe
as a part-time phone.

Maybe it's a weekend device. – I'm gonna guess it
costs somewhere about, (buzzes) let's call it $200.00 bucks? – [Eric] It's $349.00. – $349.00. The price of a fairly recent used iPhone. Maybe it's a good stop-gap thing. Maybe it'll be a fun dry
January-type of phone. But if you stick with this for too long, you are going to be left behind. – Okay, so $349.00 for this guy! Yeah, that's a tough sell unfortunately. As much as I think this is cool, I feel like it would need to be a lot more bulletproof feeling. It's a little plasticky for that amount. But I still think the concept
is cool and very valid. I would just hope that
it could be something… You know I have kids, too. I think this could be an awesome device for a young middle-schooler. But I don't know if $340.00's gonna work when I can get something
basically of full-fledged (chuckles) device for man, $60.00 bucks with a plan.

Tough sell on the price, awesome concept. – Ultimately it's cool. I wish that it made
sense for me to use it. It definitely seems
better than the first one, but instead of buying a separate phone you could just delete some apps. – [Ben] My first gut
is that it feels a lot like the old Nexus 5
with this matte plastic, but I don't know why it
needs to be so tiny! (laughs) – Yeah I know, it is so– – It's a little hard to grip. – It is so ridiculously small. – I actually, I mean I assume the battery
life is pretty good. I don't mind the E-ink at all. I mean overall the matteness
of it is kinda nice in an age where you get the smear-heavy fingerprint stuff.

What can this do besides call and text? – It's got alarms right now. (chuckles) There is (chuckles) ride share and maps are coming in the future, along with some basic music stuff. So rudimentary features rolling out– – It's got a headphone jack. Too bad no one has headphones anymore with a headphone jack. (laughing) That's a loss. So is this still a version
where it has to require another cell phone to get internet, to get cellular service? – [Nick] No.

– [Ben] Or is it still encapsulated? – [Nick] No, it is, so yeah, so the Light Phone 1 was designed to be a second
phone and tether off yours, but this one has a SIM card in it, can text, and call directly, so it's a fully-featured phone. – So essentially the point of this device is to be something where if
you feel like you're addicted to your typical cell phone, you can't stop browsing
Instagram, whatever, you can use this as a
communication device? – Right.

– I think there's some
appeal to that today. I mean Apple, Android, they've both rolled out a
bunch of software updates to show you how you're using your phone. You can even put limits
on how much time you use. I guess if you really lack self-control, you just physically remove
yourself from the phone. I really like the plastic, I just don't– – Yeah, that's a really nice throwback. I don't know why…

I mean I guess just, I don't know why (chuckles) they stopped making Soft
Touch plastic phones. – How does the screen look outdoors? Because that's one
issue with E-ink, right, is can you get enough contrast ratio. – [Nick] Yeah, I mean it's
looked great outdoors to me. I mean it's arguably better than the… My smartphone has a glare on it, but with the matte screen
it looks pretty good. – [Ben] I think the idea of this phone is really interesting because
we love these things so much and now everyone pretty much agrees that we love 'em a little too much. But personally, I don't know
if I could live with this. But I do think we're
seeing a social movement, I mean Apple has admitted it, Google has admitted it with
these screen time apps, that think society is
waking up to the fact that we're getting more
addicted to these devices and so there is a
movement to try to retain what got us hooked on these
things in the first place, which was communication at all times without all of the junk.

I just don't know if that
movement is too early for something like this to succeed. (ethereal music) – [Nick] One of the most
immediately striking things about the Light Phone 2
is obviously the design. It's really nice and
minimalist and cohesive. The black and white of the E-ink really meshes nice with
this whole grey look. It's got this great Soft
Touch plastic on the back which is something that you don't find in a lot of phones anymore. The weight and heft of it is really nice; it feels like a device that
was really well considered. And it works, which is always good in a phone. You can use it to send
messages and make phone calls. The texts go through, the call quality is pretty good and it works on the major carriers. While the Light Phone 2 is
definitely super appealing both in an abstract sense and when you have it in your hands, there are a lot of gripes
I have about using it which is a weird thing to get into because those are also
sort of the point, right.

For instance, the user interface is… The Light Phone doesn't do a lot, so it's user interface
can be pretty simple, but it's also pretty abstract
to find your way around. When you actually go to type
text messages for example, the keyboard, which
always comes up landscape, so you have to twist
the phone to the side, is extremely small, (chuckles) it's a small phone, which makes typing on it difficult, which is then again compounded by the fact that since it's an E-ink screen when you make typos, and you will, and then you erase them, there's some strange artifacting. It's not as seamless as when you're typing on any smartphone from
the past five years. But you can't quite hold that against it, because that's also the point. There's this little bit
of a weird situation here where every time that I want to knock the Light Phone 2 for introducing more friction
to the use experience, it's like that's also the point, so it's a little bit weird to engage with.

The other main thing we have to talk about when we talk about the Light Phone 2 is what it doesn't do. Not what it doesn't do on purpose, but what it is suppose
to do but doesn't do yet. While for now the Light Phone 2 only supports calling and text messaging as its means of communication, there's a lot of stuff
built in here for more: You'll notice the Light
Phone 2 has a headphone jack. Eventually there's supposed
to be music playback features with a interesting little
bit of a dividing line of, it will allow you to play
music that you already have, but the creators have said they're not gonna include
music discovering stuff. The Light Phone 2 also has
Bluetooth and WiFi built-in, which again it doesn't really use for any of its current slate of features, but that lays the groundwork
for a future feature where this phone could act
as a WiFi hotspot, right.

So instead of trying to
do things directly on it, you could use it to connect
another device to the internet. I think it says a lot
about the state of phones, the state of technology, the state of internet in
general that this exists, and it's a good thing! There's nothing I would like more then to have devices that
have a built-in interest in keeping me from using
them literally all the time. But when we're looking at this, the Light Phone 2, as it exists right now, you do have to ask yourself, could I use it for me? No. And I hope that some point in the future there will be a device like this, but Light Phone something else, that either shares the
same priorities that I do, or has enough options for personalization that I think I can.

I do think that the Light
Phone could be a good fit for a lot of people, but those people are going to have to be an extremely good fit for the Light Phone. This is a device that is
appealing to a very big need, but it is serving a very
small target market right now. And if you're in that, that's terrific, if you're not, I would caution you against trying to squeeze
yourself into it too hard because you might regret it..

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Light Phone 2 – A phone that actually respects you. (Indiegogo Video)

If how we spend our days is always connected, staring at our screens, well that would be how we spend the rest of our lives. You see, as humans, we are vulnerable and our smartphones are engineered to use these vulnerabilities against us. This is why we've intentionally designed a phone to be used as little as possible. It's a phone that encourages you to leave behind your smartphone, to spend that quality time doing the things that you love the most. We call it: Going Light. Almost three years, and 10,000 phones later, to find ourselves asking: "How can we go light more often? How can we go light for good?" Introducing: Light Phone 2. A beautiful matte display, 4G connectivity, and messaging. We are rethinking what an operating system can be. A few essential tools, thoughtfully implemented, and a pleasure to use. Maybe an alarm clock, a ride home, a playlist, or some simple directions. These are tools, not feeds. It's a phone that actually respects you. Light was born as a refreshing alternative to the tech monopolies. We don't want to be made to feel that we're not enough. We believe objects can empower us, it can help us appreciate our lives even more. We are humans, and we're taking back our lives.

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